Honda Motor Co. says its technicians accidentally installed replacement inflators the wrong way in the dashboards of vehicles it previously recalled for faulty airbags.
Now the Japanese auto maker is expanding its September recall to fix the new problem on at least 646 vehicles whose passenger-side airbags were incorrectly replaced. The mistake could prevent the passenger side airbag from deploying if there is a collision.
The driver side airbags were not affected.
A new Honda model, however, has been added to the original recall. Specifically, the vehicles affected include the following models: 2008 to 2012 Honda Accord, 2010 to 2012 Honda Crosstour, 2006 to 2011 Honda Civic, 2007 to 2011 Honda CR-V, 2009 to 2012 Honda Fit, 2010 to 2012 Honda Insight and the 2009 to 2012 Honda Pilot.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been notified by Honda about the expanded recall, but there has not been an official statement made at this time.
Since defective airbags were identified on Honda and Acura vehicles there have been 11.4 million recalled due to defective Takata airbag inflators in the United States.
These defective airbags have been linked to at least 18 known deaths and approximately 180 injuries. Instead of protecting vehicle occupants, these faulty airbags have exploded and strewn metal shrapnel into the faces of drivers and passengers. Honda and Acura are just two of the 19 automakers whose airbags have been recalled. Some 42 million have been issued recalled notices for these airbags and some 80 million more are expected to be recalled in coming years.
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